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Gov’t Set to Borrow US$2M

first_imgLiberia is poised to borrow over US$2 million to finance and strengthen her public sector.The Chief Executive, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, communicated a ratification agreement to the House of Representatives requesting that August Body to act in order to attract competent civil servants to the system.According to President Sirleaf’s letter, the financing agreement is intended to “improve pay and performance management in Ministries and strengthen payroll management in the Civil Service Agency.”The project, she said, “consists of three components. The first is improving pay management.  This includes implementation of program within the civil service to attract and retain competent managerial and professional staff and boost motivation amongst civil servants.”The second is strengthening payroll management, which includes implementation of a program aimed at establishing an accurate civil service payroll and ensuring predictability in the wage bill.The third is improving performance, which involves implementation of a program which enables selected Ministries, Agencies and Commissions to focus on performing their core functions and establishing performance and accountability standards among civil servants.The Civil Servant Agency is lead implementer of the project, which is valued around US$2,100,000, Madam Sirleaf said.She pleaded with the House to speedily ratify the agreement in order to initiate the necessary and much needed reforms of the civil service sector.However, the House voted Thursday of last week to send the communication to its Ways, Means and Finance, Good Governance and Judiciary committees to study and report to plenary in two weeks.Meanwhile, Capitol Hill is also studying a Concession Agreement involving the Government of Liberia and Liberia Cocoa Corporation (LCC).The concession area is located in Quardu-Gboni District, Lofa County and is expected to cover approximately 6,000 hectares of government-owned land.According to Madam Sirleaf, the duration of the agreement is 40 years. She justified the contract by saying, “The term is created so as to be in harmony with the lifecycle of coca tree, and LCC is required to invest no less than US$12 million in the project during the first 10 years of the agreement.”Additionally, the President said, “The agreement contains social, environmental, community development, local content, education, and health obligations similar to those in other agricultural concessions.”The project would enhance agricultural production in tree crops that are exportable and consequently support the nation’s balance of trade, the Liberian leader asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New dwarf dinosaur species from SA

first_img4 October 2012 Fossils from South Africa continue to produce the goods for palaeontology. The latest to emerge from one of the country’s rocks is a bizarre, tiny new species of parrot-beaked, vampire-fanged, plant-eating dinosaur dating back some 200-million years. A specimen of the species – less than 60 centimetres long and no heavier than a house cat – was originally chipped out of rock in South Africa in the 1960s and discovered decades later in a collection of fossils at Harvard University in the United States by palaeontologist Paul Sereno from the University of Chicago. Sereno published his findings in online scientific journal ZooKeys on Wednesday. According to a statement from the University of Chicago, the new species is one of a number of small fanged plant-eaters called heterodontosaurs, or “different toothed reptiles,” thought to be among the first dinosaurs to spread across the planet. Named Pegomastax africanus or “thick jaw from Africa,” the new species had a short, parrot-shaped beak, a frontal pair of stabbing canines and tall teeth tucked behind for slicing plants. “The tall teeth in its upper and lower jaws operated like self-sharpening scissors, with shearing wear facets that slid past one another when the jaws closed,” the University of Chicago said. “The parrot-shaped skull, less than three inches [7.6 centimetres] long, may have been adapted to plucking fruit.” Sereno argues that it is very rare “that a plant-eater like Pegomastax would sport sharp-edged, enlarged canines” like that of a vampire. While some scientists argue that heterodontosaurs’ diet included meat, Sereno says a microscopic examination of the teeth of Pegomastax suggest they were more likely used in self-defense and competitive sparring for mates. Adding to the oddness of Pegomastax, Sereno believes they were probably mostly covered by porcupine-like bristles – basing his argument on the bristles found on a similar-sized heterodontosaur, Tianyulong, recently discovered in China. In life, Sereno says, Pegomastax and its kin – “the most advanced plant-eaters of their day” – would have been found scampering around in search of edible plants, looking like “nimble, two-legged porcupine[s]”. SAinfo reporter and UChicagoNewslast_img read more

Brain gain company celebrates African heritage in New York

first_img23 September 2015This Heritage Day, Africa’s myriad cultures will be celebrated in New York City when brain gain company Homecoming Revolution hosts its annual Speed Meet in the Big Apple. The gathering is held in affiliation with Brand South Africa.Captains of industry, African professionals, celebrities and media will meet for the two-day event, which starts with a VIP Heritage Day dinner at the trendy Kaia Wine Bar in Manhattan on 24 September. This is followed by a full-day interactive networking event at the Thomson Reuters headquarters in Times Square on 25 September.Among the invited guests are South Africa’s consulate-general Thulisile Nkosi; media executive Alex Okosi; Brand South Africa board member Thebe Ikalafeng; Paralympic footballer Ibrahima Diallo; artist Ibiyinka Alao; and fashion designer Farai Simoyi.Angel Jones, the chief executive of Homecoming Revolution, said the Speed Meet aimed to inspire Africans living in the US to come home. It would show them that the continent was full of opportunity. “We feel incredibly privileged to be playing such an important role in building our continent’s prosperity. The ‘Africa Rising’ dream can only be fulfilled if there is a significant brain gain on the continent.“There are amazing opportunities on the continent, from jobs to investments to entrepreneurial ventures. Now is the time for global Africans to fulfil their destiny of success and significance.”Speed Meet New York will introduce Africans living in the US to top employers back home, as well as provide advice on returning, property investment and relocation.The gathering in New York follows Speed Meet Jozi, which took place in August. At that event, former South African president Thabo Mbeki called on the African diaspora to return.Brand South Africa has entered into an agreement with Homecoming Revolution in order to leverage opportunities for its Global South Africans (GSA) programme. The agreement, which consists of a number of engagement platforms, including the Speed Meet, will provide exposure for the GSA programme, and assist with growing the network.For more information on this and Homecoming Revolution’s other global events visit the organisation’s website.last_img read more

J. Wray and Nephew Honourees Retirees for 800 Years of Service

first_img The director also thanked the families of the retirees for their support in enabling the honourees to contribute extensively to J. Wray and Nephew’s development. Story Highlights The 26 retirees have collectively given over 800 years of service to J. Wray and Nephew Twenty-six  retirees of spirit distillers, J. Wray and Nephew Limited, who have collectively given over 800 years of service to that entity, were recently honoured during a special luncheon hosted by the company.The retirees, all men, were recognised for service of up to 50 years, which they gave at various levels and in several capacities at J. Wray and Nephew’s agriculture division. These included positions on the farms, and in the factories, distilleries, and administrative departments at the Appleton and New Yarmouth sugar estates inSt. Elizabeth and Clarendon, respectively.Their inputs, over the years, have contributed significantly to J. Wray and Nephew’s development into one of Jamaica’s leading spirit distillers. In this regard, they were presented with special commemorative plaques.Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, headed the guests attending the luncheon, held at Neil’s Auditorium, Ward Avenue, Mandeville. Others included company directors, managers, and line staff, union delegates, and family members.In a glowing tribute, Senior Director of the Agriculture Division, Ian Maxwell, noted that the honourees were instrumental in modernising the firm’s operations by assisting in various inputs, which transitioned the entity into the 21st century.Citing examples, Mr. Maxwell said the field workers assisted in transforming the reaping process from manual to mechanical methods, and significantly modernising the irrigation procedure through the introduction of drip irrigation systems. The latter, he informed, helped to significantly increase sugar cane yield, pointing out that one of the estates recorded outputs totaling approximately 170,000 tonnes per hectare.The Senior Director also pointed to significant developments occurring in the factories and distilleries at both estates. These, he outlined, included: re-tooling and modernising of factory operations through the implementation of an automated process to facilitate the milling of 150 tonnes of cane per hour, up from 65 tonnes; construction of state-of-the-art bagasse operated boilers to replace three older outdated versions; installation of five new 5,000 gallon stills at Appleton’s distillery; and replacement of old fermenters at New Yarmouth’s distillery with modern versions.Mr. Maxwell also pointed to progress in environmental preservation.“You (retirees) have helped us in the transformation  from the way in which we used to dispose our waste from the distillery…(and) we have moved in a more environmentally friendly (manner) whereby the waste is now applied to the cane fields to take advantage of its nutrient value,” he outlined.While noting that “we are still not there yet”, Mr. Maxwell said the firm will be moving to advance the treating process to the stage where “we can recycle the end product in our production process.” He informed that J. Wray and Nephew hopes to commission a treatment facility into service by the 2015 sugar cane crop season.The senior director also highlighted the work of persons attached to the administration department, whom he said, were instrumental in the upgrading of the firm’s management information system (MIS). This undertaking, he pointed out, “has greatly enhanced (efforts) in managing our business in a very efficient way.”He said retired members of the administration department also played a part in developing J. Wray and Nephew’s recreational programme and activities and also had high praises for those who represented Jamaica in various sporting disciplines.Mr. Maxwell noted that J. Wray and Nephew has experienced “changes of ownership” of its parent company, particularly over the last decade, with the latest being Gruppo Campari out of Italy.“We are proud to be a part of…Gruppo Campari, which ranks sixth in the world (as a spirit distiller)…and that was before the takeover of J. Wray and Nephew Limited. I can safely say that with the inclusion of J. Wray and Nephew Limited in the Campari Group, this ranking will improve considerably in a short space of time,’ he stated.The director also thanked the families of the retirees for their support in enabling the honourees to contribute extensively to J. Wray and Nephew’s development.In his remarks, Minister Clarke, who also worked at Appleton as farm manager, commended J. Wray and Nephew for recognizing the people, “who have given their lives to the service of the company”.In lauding the honourees for their sterling service, the Minister noted that: “the contributions that you have made in the growth and development of the industry is something that you must be commended for. Wray and Nephew is what it is because of your… hard work and your dedication.”Mr. Clarke pointed out that many, if not all of the retirees, “will leave with a heavy heart”, having grown attached to their jobs and the entity. He however, encouraged them to enjoy their deservedly earned retirement, stating that “this is the time, now, when you must put up your feet and feel at ease.”Replying on behalf of the honourees, Altamont McKenzie, expressed appreciation to J. Wray and Nephew for the gesture, noting that “it’s good to get the recognition while you are around and still going strong.”Human Resource Manager, Venton Brown, advised that a workshop to assist the honourees to transition into post retirement is being planned for later in the year. Their input over the years were deemed to have contributed significantly to J. Wray and nephew’s development into one of Jamaica’s leading spirit distillers.last_img read more

Navig8 Expands Fleet with Four Chemical Tankers

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff zoom Maritime services provider Navig8 expanded its pools with four chemical tankers in September 2016. Navig8 Chemicals took delivery of Navig8 Universe and Navig8 Constellation, which were built in 2013 at Shina SB yard in South Korea. The two 45,352 dwt tankers joined the company’s Chronos8 Pool.Another chemical tanker, the 19,964 dwt Ece Nur K, built at Turkish Torgem shipyard in 2009, joined the company’s Brizo8 Pool.The company’s fourth addition was the 25,000 dwt Willard J. The vessel was built in 2016 by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) and was delivered to the Navig8’s Delta Pool.Navig8 Chemicals’ fleet is comprised of 84 vessels, including 14 newbuilds, divided into four pools.The Brizo8 Pool manages vessels in the 16-21,000 dwt range, and currently comprises 17 tankers.The company’s Stainless8 Pool manages 14 tankers in the 16-25,000 dwt range.The third pool, Delta8, is comprised of 35 vessels ranging from 25,000 dwt to 44,000 dwt.The fourth pool, Chronos8, consists of 18 vessels in the 44-54,000 dwt range.last_img read more

Supernatural Fans Design TShirts

first_imgThis year, millions of “Supernatural” fans were given the opportunity to design and vote for the artwork that will be featured on the Official Merchandise for The CW’s hit show.The five winning Collector’s Edition T-shirts will be on sale this week; one new design will be released each day and on sale for 48 hours ONLY or until supplies last. By purchasing a T-shirt, fans are also automatically entered to win one of the 25 shirts signed by co-stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.Over the past three weeks, thousands of T-shirt designs were submitted and almost 100,000 votes were cast to determine which 20 designs would be delivered to the cast and crew. This week, May 12-16, Executive Producers Jeremy Carver and Bob Singer will announce one T-shirt per day (5 total) that the cast and crew have chosen as Official Merchandise!Once the Official Merchandise sells out, they’re gone forever. 15% of proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and shirts will be on sale for $24 (domestic shipping is free).To order the tees or find out more, click here.last_img read more

Canadian pop duo Tegan and Sara call on YouTube to stop filtering

first_imgAdvertisement Video producer Michael Rizzi, who’s based in Toronto, says he’s concerned with the message it sends to loyal YouTube users. He’s seen 176 of his 236 videos disappear in “restricted” mode, representing 75 per cent of the clips he’s uploaded over the past five years.Rizzi says he wished Google’s YouTube executives would’ve been more transparent about the problem. Instead, they appeared to sit back as YouTubers made the hashtag #YouTubeIsOverParty a trending topic on Twitter over the weekend.“It’s more a feeling of being pushed to the side,” Rizzi says. “It’s a pretty big screw-up on their end.”In an emailed statement on Monday, YouTube acknowledged the filter saying “some videos that cover subjects like health, politics and sexuality may not appear for users and institutions that choose to use this feature.”YouTube added that “some videos are incorrectly labelled by our automated system and we realize it’s very important to get this right.”“We’re working hard to make some improvements,” the company said without offering further details.The lack of information has left YouTubers struggling to figure out what’s being sifted out, what isn’t and why it’s happening.Rizzi suspects video tags like “LGBT” or “gay couple” may be triggering the filter for “7 Things I Love About My Boyfriend,” a video he says shouldn’t be restricted for a younger audience.Even his clip commissioned for YouTube’s #ProudToBe campaign, timed to last year’s Pride Month, is now filtered out.“YouTube’s own equality campaign is restricted, which is probably the weirdest part of everything,” Rizzi says.Toronto-based transgender YouTuber Stef Sanjati also had 48 of her videos blocked as of Monday, including clips discussing transgender student bathrooms and makeup tutorials. Advertisement Advertisement “It sends a bad message to young gay kids and young trans kids that their lives are not normal or acceptable.”At issue is YouTube’s “restricted” designation, which lets parents, schools and libraries filter out content that may be considered inappropriate for users under 18. YouTube calls it “an optional feature used by a very small subset of users.”It’s unclear whether the types of videos in question are being categorized as “restricted” for the first time, or if the filtering is only now getting attention. Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A chorus of Canadian LGBTQ YouTubers, including pop duo Tegan and Sara, is calling for the video service to stop filtering out gay and trans-themed videos for some users.The Calgary-raised sisters took to social media to question why YouTube’s “restricted” setting appears to block a wide variety of LGBTQ-friendly content for no clear reason.“If you put YouTube on restricted mode a bunch of our music videos disappear. I checked myself. LGBTQ people shouldn’t be restricted. SAD!” Tegan and Sara tweeted. Among the missing clips were music videos from their latest album, including for “That Girl” and “U-turn.” They were joined by Halifax singer Ria Mae, who said her video for “Gold,” which features the singer in a lesbian relationship, was also being filtered out.“Young gay kids need to see themselves represented and they need to know it’s normal, it’s OK and it’s not X-rated,” Mae posted in a video on her Instagram account.last_img read more

Performances Announced for 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards Weekend in Ottawa

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter OTTAWA – The Canadian Folk Music Awards weekend takes place in Ottawa, Ontario on November 18 and 19, 2017 at the Bronson Centre. With a different weekend format this year, the awards weekend ensures even more music, and we are happy to unveil the line-up for each open-to-the-public evening, including some spectacular performers. Tickets and wristbands are now on sale online at and can also be purchased at The Record Centre (1099 Wellington St. W, Ottawa) or Compact Music (785 & 206 Bank Street, Ottawa.).On Saturday, November 18, 2017, audiences will be treated to performances by:MAZ, Twin Flames, Beyond The Pale, BEYRIES, Kobo Town and Danny Michel.The awards for Children’s Album of the Year, Contemporary Singer of the Year, Solo Artist of the Year, Songwriters of the Year (French, English and Aboriginal), Producer of the Year, the Oliver Schroer Pushing the Boundaries Award and World Group of the Year will be presented throughout this evening. Gerry Strong, the recipient of the 2017 Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award will also be honoured this evening..On Sunday, November 19, 2017, audiences will enjoy performances by:Cassie & Maggie, Braden Gates, Coco Méliès, Scott MacMillan & Colin Grant, Oh Susanna and Stephen Fearing..The awards for Young Performer of the Year, New/Emerging Artist of the Year, Instrumental (Solo Artist and Group) of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, World Solo Album of the Year, Traditional (Album & Singer) of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Ensemble of the Year will be presented during this evening.. Login/Register With: We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.center_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more